One Direction was forced by the Filipino government to post an approximate sum of $10,000 in ‘weed bond’ before they could be allowed to perform in the country.
As ENTmania! reported last week, an anti-drug group known as Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino began a campaign against the boy band last week, requesting Philippine authorities to block the group from performing in their scheduled Manila concerts if they refuse to take drug tests or guarantee that there won’t be any weed smoking. They based their campaign on a leaked video showing Louis Tomilson and Zayn Malik smoking weed, which made the rounds last year.
However, the country’s Bureau of Immigration announced on Thursday that Malik and Tomilson will each pay a total sum of 220,000 pesos ($4,917), which consists of 200,000 pesos ‘weed bond’ and 20,000 pesos processing fee. This money will be forfeited if they are caught smoking weed or promoting drug use while in the country.
A spokesman for the bureau said the conditions was set ‘to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines.’ A rep for the anti-drug group later said the concert producer has already paid the money and is willing to cooperate in their next demand, which is for officials from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to monitor the concert and the boys as long as they are in the country.
Also on Thursday, it was announced that Zayn Malik has pulled out of the tour because of ‘stress.’ In a statement, a rep for the group said, ‘Zayn has signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.’